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Feb. 19, 2016, 7:20 p.m.
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Martin Newman - Builder of Good Sir Martin - Needs your vote!

[He emerges from the depths of lurkerdom]
Thanks! Means a lot. Really, you can't go wrong with anyone on that list. This sport really does bring the best out of people, and it's a shame that only 8 of us get the spotlight, when there are thousands who do as much behind the scenes to keep things going awesome.
[His bit said, the darkness of the lurk once again consumes him]

Dec. 1, 2014, 1:41 p.m.
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Beer

One more thing to think of as I'm rushing out the door…

What happens if I forget? Major crisis coming home to warm beer.
(Ya I know, you are English and like warm beer.)

I prefer some beers not cold too.

Yeah, I have crooked teeth too.
How's your pet beaver.

Dec. 1, 2014, 12:16 p.m.
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Beer

Take the beer for the day out of the box in the morning, put it in the fridge, enjoy that evening.
ROCKET SURGERY!

Dec. 1, 2014, 12:15 p.m.
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Seymour 2014 Conditions

then the question is why are people still riding rogue trails?

There's a list of reasons, could be a lack of education (they don't know any better), a stand against the NSMBA/DNV/Metro Van because they don't agree with what's going on, could be that someone wanted the trail and didn't want to get involved with the politics. Of course, it could just be that some people are selfish.

Dec. 1, 2014, 12:02 p.m.
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Seymour 2014 Conditions

Exploring is one of the best things about mtbing which is why sites like trail forks are shit, trails find you when youre ready.

For some trails, sure, why not. But as a community, we've grown past the need for the secret trail society. Just focusing on the shore; NSMBA's mantra: Trails for all, trails forever. It's a simple mission statement, but powerful. Have trails that anyone is entitled to access and use, and keep them sustainable so that everyone can continue enjoying them.

So, I ask you, what about trail forks is shit? It helps improve accessibility, allows feedback to get back to the trail stewards, is global and user friendly, and it's moderated. Also worth noting, if you prefer to go for an adventure and don't want to know where the trails are, then you can choose not to use the map. Seems like a win on all fronts, unless you are riding rogue trails, then it is a fail, but, while NSMBA is working hard to keep the trails open, rogue trails are working against what they are trying to set up for the future of the sport.

This view probably goes against what most here think, and this perspective is probably as welcome as not outright expressing hatred towards e-bikes.

Dec. 1, 2014, 11:52 a.m.
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Moab BLM Bans E-Bikes

It's just a matter of time before they become cheaper, lighter and more powerful. I also know of 2 local mountain bike manufacturers that are prototypes/testing them. Once 650b sales are flat, industry has to come up with something new and will be pushing these things.

Sure. And I never said my opinion either way. Maybe I love them, maybe I hate them. Maybe it's not as simple as black and white. I just find that the tone of this thread is leaning towards the hostile side of things.

Dec. 1, 2014, 10:27 a.m.
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Moab BLM Bans E-Bikes

Sorry -- assumed no one had read it (time) and decided to drop out of the conversation. If its of any value, maybe a nice administrator can resurrect it…

I like this quote from Vince Beasse (NSMBA President) from the AGM (*edit: quote was a general statement not related to E-Bikes).

"Everyone is selfish, sometimes you just need to be less selfish."

If you're posting in this thread, for any view other than no E-Bikes, and you haven't considered the hours upon hours that a few folks currently put into maintaining the trail system we enjoy…

If you're posting in this thread, for any view other than no E-Bikes, and you haven't considered how hard Matt Bond and others worked to reduce user conflicts and to bring other user groups in to the NSMBA tent…

Maybe just take a moment to reflect. If you still feel how you do… I'll cross my fingers you're on your own.

I've sort of followed this thread, and this post sums it up really well, and not in the way you think it does.
Anyone who has an opinion other than E-Bikes are bad, gets piled on with hostile replies, this makes this a very hostile thread to reply with any comment that differs from the bias towards e-bikes being bad.

The reality is, they aren't massively available, they aren't what mountain biking is about for nearly everyone, they will be really expensive, there are many different kinds of bikes (ped-elec, full motor, electric motocross bikes), in other words, there's a lot of speculation, a crap load of variables, and it's just too soon to tell what will happen.

Dec. 1, 2014, 8:02 a.m.
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NSMBA AGM!

a quick search of precedence, because I'm curious

http://www.fvmba.com/?s=agm Nope

http://www.sorca.ca/sorca-a-g-m-january-15th-2014/ Nope

http://www.imbacanada.com/blog/ontario-trails-council-annual-general-meeting Nope

http://www.imbacanada.com/blog/guelph-road-bicycling-association-gorba-agm-2013-%E2%80%93-kinships-and-partnerships Nope

granted…
http://www.worca.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-WORCA-AGM-minutes.pdf

Associations are required to provide minutes of the AGM to members upon request. They can choose to share the information openly, but have no obligation to do so.

Nov. 30, 2014, 11:21 p.m.
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Beer

Last night, I opened up a bottle of Megadestroyer from last year. I didn't much care for it when it was fresh, but time has done wonderful things to it. The licorice is still fairly prominent, but the flavours from the yeast shine through so much on it. Well impressed.

Nov. 27, 2014, 9:18 a.m.
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Burnaby Mountain 2014

It seems that some of the water solutions on Gear Jammer have just displaced the flow to Upper Cut. The fast straight shot at the bottom of UC is now a gutter with a creek flowing down it.

Nov. 18, 2014, 2:52 p.m.
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Magnetic Pedals

Magnets are fragile, and with grit, they will wear down really fast (even if they haven't lost their magnetism). They won't offer any float, are heavy, expensive and don't do a good job of fixing an issue that doesn't even exist.

Nov. 17, 2014, 9:23 a.m.
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Homebrew

Oh man. Just got in on the Vanbrewers advent calendar.. 12 random Homebrews. I'm #7.

Thinking about it….

I just bottled my altbier. First beer under 5%abv for me, and it's delicious so far.

Nov. 10, 2014, 10:38 a.m.
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Tri-Cities 2014 Trail Conditions (PoMo, Coq, PoCo) (Merged)

Nice one Steve, I've got to get out there and test it out. Heard its a donkey puncher.

FYI-If no one rides it, it will remain duff. If people ride it, it will turn to mud that you'll have to scoop out before you back fill. Always a good time!

It's a short flat section, and it will eventually get backfilled, but I'm curious to see what happens with riders. It's really fibrous right now and a few tyres will make it easier to bust up. (I also ran out of light and beer yesterday ;))

And WH, the Massage-Manhandler-3LP-Mistress lap is totally awesome old school rowdiness. I want to get up and ride it this week one evening.

Nov. 10, 2014, 8:49 a.m.
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Tri-Cities 2014 Trail Conditions (PoMo, Coq, PoCo) (Merged)

The new connector trail on Eagle, Huntley's, is now open for business. It connects the top of Imby into Physio without having to lose any vert on the road. After you come out of Imby, it's on the other side of the road, slightly to the left between the two big cedars. I will be adding more dirt to it, but want people to ride it in a bit first. Where it joins into Physio, I've left it natural (duff) to see what happens, and will likely back fill it with dirt in the coming weeks.

Nov. 5, 2014, 11 a.m.
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is sugar toxic?

i think you missed the point of the article which is very close to the excerpt i posted up. it's not that sugar itself is evil, but it's the amount of sugar the avg person is consuming that's the problem.

Your thread title is misleading though.

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